Mayor of London

Mayor of London
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Incumbent
Sadiq Khan

since 9 May 2016
StyleNo courtesy or style ascribed[1]
Mr Mayor (formally)
Member ofMayoral cabinet
Reports toLondon Assembly
SeatSouthwark
AppointerElectorate of Greater London
Term lengthFour years, renewable
Inaugural holderKen Livingstone
FormationGreater London Authority Act 1999
DeputyStatutory Deputy Mayor of London
Salary£143,911
Websitewww.london.gov.uk/about-us/mayor-london
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The Mayor of London is the executive of the Greater London Authority. The current Mayor is Sadiq Khan, who took up office on 9 May 2016. The position was held by Ken Livingstone from the creation of the role on 4 May 2000, until he was defeated in May 2008 by Boris Johnson, who served two terms before being succeeded by Khan.

The role, created in 2000 after the London devolution referendum in 1998, was the first directly elected mayor in the United Kingdom.

The Mayor is scrutinised by the London Assembly and, supported by their Mayoral cabinet, directs the entirety of Greater London, including the City of London (for which there is also the ceremonial Lord Mayor of the City of London). Each London Borough also has a ceremonial Mayor or, in Hackney, Lewisham, Newham and Tower Hamlets, an elected Mayor.

Background

The Greater London Council, the elected government for Greater London, was abolished in 1986 by the Local Government Act 1985. Strategic functions were split off to various joint arrangements. Londoners voted in a referendum in 1998 to create a new governance structure for Greater London. The directly elected Mayor of London was created by the Greater London Authority Act 1999 in 2000 as part of the reforms.

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